Coordinative Compounds

  • Angela Ralli
Part of the Studies in Morphology book series (SUMO, volume 2)


Chapter 8 provides evidence that Greek coordinative compounds are formed productively and worth to examine with respect to the issues regarding headedness and grammatical structure. Coordinative compounds resemble headed formations as far as their inflection is concerned, but at the same time, they diverge with respect to a number of properties. For instance, it is not easy to detect a head in a coordinative compound structure, the structural relation of the two members may be that of coordination or disjunction, coordinative compounds express a variety of meanings, and an alternating order of constituents is present in formations of two adjectives. Crucially, all types of coordinative compounds, that is, [N N], [A A] and [V V] structures, can be found in Greek, as opposed to the other Indo-European languages, where the [V V] pattern is usually missing. It is claimed that the main reason for this occurrence is due to language-internal factors. Interestingly, [V V] coordinative compounds are particularly productive in Modern Greek dialects, while they have a moderate productivity in Standard Modern Greek.


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  1. 1.Department of PhilologyUniversity of PatrasRio-PatrasGreece

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